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Are questions about individual languages on topic?

While most language concepts are language independent, some are language specific. Should we allow language specific questions?
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is (nearly) identical to this one on Latin.SE. I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is ...
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Is “Language Learning” the best name for this site?

So far (after 1 day of private beta) this site seems to have attracted mostly people who learn languages as a hobby. That's visible in the nature of questions and answers. It's also visible in the ...
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Congratulations Language Learning!

Language Learning is moving on to public beta! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped build this site from the ground up, and I hope to see even more participation, activity, and ...
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We've selected our Moderators Pro Tempore

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Is this to be an English-only site?

Language learners come from all over the world. In a perfect world, all of them would be able to ask questions on Language Learning. On the other hand, having questions in any language imaginable ...
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What should our chatroom name be?

Stealing from a number of sites, I've decided to bring up the question of what the chatroom's name should be. Sites all over SE have creative, cool room names that not only are related to the site but ...
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Are sign languages on-topic

A question related to sign language has been asked on this site. Are sign languages treated as normal languages and are considered on-topic?
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Create an ad for this site

So far, our only ad is this one: Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Language Learning http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/proposal/82841.png Since we have already been in public beta, I think the ...
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We are in an abyss of inactivity… a big one

We are in extreme inactivity. Reviews rarely pop up and we aren't doing anything really, anxious to get something done on this site. Right now, we have a question rate of one every two days. On top ...
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Should we widen the scope of our site? And if yes, how?

I have been monitoring our site statistics since October 2016 and have noticed that the average number of questions per day has rarely exceeded 1. The highest average I have found is 1.4 (27.12.2016, ...
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Are questions about teaching language accepted?

We are language learners or, at least, so does the title of the site says. But are questions related to the other side of the process also accepted? It could be parents trying to teach their kids, ...
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List of language-related Stack Exchange sites

This is a list of language-related Stack Exchange sites. If your target language is not listed here, please consider creating a proposal on Area 51.
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Site Health: Where to from here?

We recently went into public beta and while it's a big step, we need to look at our next step in the journey of Language Learning: graduation. While the period between public beta and graduation is a ...
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Should we allow questions about programming languages?

While they aren't "languages" in the traditional sense, programming languages certainly differ from one another. In some cases, learning programming languages can be like learning spoken languages, ...
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Is asking about learning native language on-topic?

Maybe I just quibble about the detail, but in my opinion the process of learning my own native language is still considered to be "language learning", hence it's sufficient to asking here. I think ...
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What's our site's elevator pitch?

According to the Real Essential Questions of Every Beta, one question that the community should discuss is: What is the elevator pitch for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with ...
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Are methods recommendation on-topic?

Whenever someone wants to study a new language on their own, they tend to rely on some support, be it books, CDs, DVDs, Websites, etc. Are questions of the style What would you recommend to learn ...
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Are resource request questions on-topic?

Questions like this one are requests for resources that can help them in some way, as long it is related to learning/teaching another language. There seems to be confusion (as seen in the comments) ...
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Are fictional languages on-topic here?

I mean something like Klingon or Quenya when I say fictional languages. Are questions about these languages on-topic for this site?
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Are questions about language learning software efficiency on topic here?

For example, could I ask "is Duolingo/Rosetta Stone effective in teaching language X?"
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Should I use my own experience as answer?

I was going to answer a question on how to learn pronunciation without help from native speaker - which I did - but then I wasn't sure if I should do it because my primary base is my own experience. I ...
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Are questions about history on-topic?

I was going to ask a question about the origin of the notation L1, L2, etc. for designating the order of learning languages. This seems to be a historical question. Do we want this type of question? ...
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How to avoid asking opinion-based questions?

Seemingly, a lot of questions are being closed as opinion-based. How can a user avoid asking a question that's primarily opinion-based?
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Additional site promotion ideas

I have gone through a bunch of meta SE sites to see if they have any site promotion ideas that we hadn't though of yet. Here is what I found: A leaflet or flyer, see e.g. the leaflet for English ...
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Are opinion-based questions acceptable?

Many questions are about how to effectively learn a language. Some of them are voted for closing, since they are too opinion based. Should this site be entirely based on studies, or should a level of ...
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Promote our site and get an Announcer or a Booster badge

StackExchange awards badges to people who promote our site. The Announcer badge is awarded to anyone who shares a link to a question that is later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. The Booster badge ...
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I will be going inactive as a moderator

You have probably seen many similar posts like this across all of Stack Exchange. I'll keep this brief. I do not support Stack Exchange in their poorly executed venture into forced language, gender ...
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When should an answer be a comment

A few hours ago, I commented on a question with a simple example for OP. It was a partial answer, with no evidence, no research, et cetera. I was told that I should refrain from answering in the ...
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It's been fun, but it's time to turn in my diamond

Those of you who have been here since the beginning may remember that I was very active on this site initially, as one of the original pro-tem moderators. But just recently I've turned in my diamond, ...
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Are questions about English learning on topic?

I've seen the following question: Are questions about individual languages on-topic? And the most up-voted answer suggests that questions about a specific language are on-topic as long as they involve ...
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Are specific questions how to find a tutor in [x] teaching language [y] on-topic?

Recently, a question was posted asking about how to find Mongolian tutors in Sydney, Australia. This question doesn't really seem to have any value to anyone beyond the OP, as this is a very uncommon ...
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What should our help center documentation contain? [duplicate]

Edit: Now that we have some moderators, hopefully we can start moving towards getting a basic draft ready. As you can see, our pages that list types on-topic is currently set to the default, which is ...
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Should we use the [studies] tag?

Considering that the site is about Language Learning, studies is inferred. Should we use the tag at all?
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Suggestion: Avoid asking yes-or-no questions

We get a lot of questions which, I expect unintentionally, turn out to be yes-or-no questions. This may occasionally be entirely the best way to ask a specific question, but often a question can be ...
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Happy first birthday, Language Learning Stack Exchange!

A lot of us should have realized that yesterday marked this site's one year anniversary! As a user, I would first want to say that as a community, we are doing well for our first year though activity ...
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Our first community ad has been launched!

Over on the ELL post for community ads, one of Language Learning's own ads (one of my own creation) has exceeded the minimum threshold of positive votes (6) to be displayed on the main site. This ...
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Are questions about grammatical concepts on topic?

We got a question about (I think) grammar: https://languagelearning.stackexchange.com/q/569/13 As of this writing, the question has a couple of Unclear what you're asking votes, as the specific ...
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Are questions about language certificates on topic?

Are questions about the existence of language skill certificates, or ways to get them, etc., on topic for the site? Some prior questions on the main site can be found under the relevant tag: https://...
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Handling of the [reference-request] tag and answering out of own experience

I feel like the tag reference-request is a little overused right now. Right now, out of 15 questions, one has an accepted answer and 8 have an answer at all. This makes an overall answer rate of more ...
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Are questions about the (non)extinction of languages on-topic?

Recently, we had this question come up, and it seems that the OP is asking whether an African language called "Thaqovelith" is extinct or not, as the question states that there were very few ...
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What should tag wikis for language tags look like?

When reviewing some of the proposed tag wiki excerpts, I noticed that for some of the language tags, proposed was simply something like For questions about the XYZ language. This is not a good tag ...
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Should the description of the site be changed?

When I look at the description of Language Learning, I see: Q&A for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone interested in the techniques of second-language acquisition (emphasis is my own) ...
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Resources for Researching Language Learning Questions

At the time of writing, 49 out of our 315 questions are tagged with reference-request, and at least 10 of these are still unanswered. (We have 20 unanswered questions in total.) In addition, I think ...
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The tag “comparative-linguistics” is spelt wrong

I just joined this community because while lurking I found a question tagged "comparitive-linguistics" (sic). Can we edit "comparative-linguistics" so that it has an "ra" instead of "ri"? On a ...
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Pros and Cons of X: One question or two?

We're starting to see a pattern emerge of people turning "Is X effective?" into "What are the pros and cons of X?" I think this is a good direction to go generally. Providing a list of pros and/or ...
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The state of the blog

In the last meta post about the blog, several volunteers graciously stepped up and offered their time and ideas to creating a community blog. I've also created an LL chatroom specifically meant for ...
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Was the tag [scandinavian-languages] based on the assumption that these languages are genetically related?

Was the tag scandinavian-languages, which was created for this question, based on the assumption that these languages are genetically related? I have proposed the following edit to the tag wiki info ...
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Do we need the tag [read-write]?

I believe that read-write should just be replaced by reading and writing. Or is there anything special about read-write, such as both being on paper, as opposed to listening and speaking, that makes ...
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How can we attract more experts to Language Learning Stack Exchange?

The majority of the question asked on Language Learning Stack Exchange are answered by other language learners. These participants are typically learners who have experience learning at least one ...